Hi, everyone! I was thinking about interviews and realized that although I have been “interviewing” people and therefore writing up lots of interviews- I never did one myself!
So, even though there are going to be some really exciting ones coming up (so make sure you check back or sign up for email updates!) today is going to be just me.
What has God been teaching you lately?
Number One: Tasha, you were not created to wander through life looking for safe comfortable places to snuggle in. You were created to go out to the places where people hurt and are hurting and BE A SAFE PLACE FOR THEM. Love your friends even if they make you bleed. Love your enemies even if they scare you or harm you. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Don’t look at yourself. DON’T. Trust that I will take care of you. If you’re hurting, bleeding, broken… do you believe that I can heal you? I can, Natasha. I can. Trust that I will.
Number two: Embrace my Word. Discipline, my daughter, is essential! In discipline you will find freedom. You are “free” to do anything you want. Salvation cannot be bought or earned. But when you willingly place restrictions on your freedom, you allow me to work in your life. You allow me to mold you. To refine you. I want to make you like gold refined. Cleaned up. Filled with ME.
Number three: I love you. I love the way you get excited over broccoli salad and giggle when you finish a good book. I love the way you scribble notes all over the house and forget where you put them. I love the way you spin around in the driveway when you get home and the stars are out.
I know that I have been working at refining you, cleaning up a few of the dirty sinful things in your heart, but, my beautiful daughter, that doesn’t mean that I don’t see the things that I love about you. I have a perfect view of you. I see the person your sinful nature wants you to be and I also see the person that I created you to be. I love that person, Natasha Dawn. And I plan on using you to further my kingdom and then, when the time comes, spending eternity with you.
What is something practical you’ve done in your Christian walk to further your relationship with Christ?
Over the past couple years I’ve tried to pray specifically. It’s very easy to pray in broad terms… Lord, bless her. Help her know you more. But lately, I’ve worked at praying particular things… Lord, I pray that you would send her a mentor in the faith who is able to speak truth into the areas where she is struggling. And then! I get to wait and watch!
I think I was always afraid of praying like this because I feared that God would “not answer” and I would start doubting his power. What a wrong view! Basically, I didn’t trust him! God wants to “wow” us. He wants to show his strength in our lives! No, he doesn’t always say, “Yes.” And he doesn’t always answer the way we think (that specific prayer- about that girl- she ended up reading a book that “mentored” her. I never thought of that when I prayed! But I saw the hand of God moving still…)
If you could encourage the girls who read this to do one thing, what would it be?
When we “hide” things in our lives, Satan gains control. The Bible says in many places that we need to bring light to the things in darkness. Our flesh thinks that if we admit our sins, or our short-comings, or our fears- then people will stop loving us or despise us or… etc… but that isn’t TRUTH. The truth is that when we admit our failings, we are set free. (And often, those we share with are set free from things in their own lives as well!) Satan only has power over the hidden.
Girls, live your lives openly. Be transparent. Don’t allow Satan to control you. Live in the light!
What is a resource you have used to further your walk with the Lord?
Studying the lives of missionaries. I have dozens of books that tell the story of missionaries around the world. Out of all of them, Jungle Pilot, the story of Nate Saint, probably impacted me the most.
The other thing is taking prayer walks. There have been many periods in my life when the only thing that kept me going was my daily prayer walk. I would find a woods, or a field, or a stream… someplace I could go and talk out loud to God without interruption. It has been literally “living water” for me.
Natasha is married to Amos and lives in a little brown house on Tug Hill.